Nationals' skipper Davey Johnson told reporters, including the Washington Post's Adam Kilgore, two days back that Jordan, a 24-year-old right-hander, had been dealing with a lower back issue. "Johnson said Taylor Jordan felt some stiffness in his back as a result of a lengthy trip to the dentist," the WaPost writer reported, "but that he’s fine and will start Friday as scheduled." Jordan did start last night in Turner Field, throwing six innings against the Braves on 94 pitches and giving up seven hits and two runs, both unearned, while inducing 11 ground ball outs.
"Jordan pitched great," Johnson said after the '09 9th Round pick's ninth start of the year. "He was outstanding. We didn't play too good behind him, but he pitched an outstanding six innings. Threw the ball great." The six inning-outing left the right-hander at 142 innings on the year in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery in 2011. "He used all his pitches," the Nats' skipper continued, "He made quality pitches. Got ground balls when he needed them. It was an outstanding effort."
It might be Jordan's last of 2013. Though there's no official word from the team as of the time of today's announcement, Johnson told reporters recently that Jordan would throw somewhere around 155 innings this season. A DL stint at this point makes it seem unlikely he'll return to the mound. If he has indeed made his last start, Jordan would end his first nine starts in the majors with a (1-3) record, a 3.66 ERA, 3.48 FIP, 3 HRs (0.52 HR/9) and 11 walks (1.92 BB/9) allowed in 51 2/3 IP.
The Nationals called 26-year-old OF/1B Tyler Moore up from Triple-A Syracuse to take Jordan's spot on the roster. Nats' GM Mike Rizzo talked about Moore this past Wednesday on 106.7 the FAN In D.C.'s The Mike Rizzo Show when he was asked how soon Nats fans would see the slugger back in the majors. "Tyler Moore is on fire right now in Triple-A," Rizzo said.
"He's getting everyday at bats and is really swinging it really well," the GM explained, "He's over .300 in Triple-A. .315 with nine homers in very few -- limited at bats, and playing well at first base and in left field. And we've always said that this guy has the ability to play every day and to hit in the middle of the lineup in the major leagues in the very-near future. And we just needed him to go down and get everyday at bats, because we didn't feel that we were doing him any justice playing him off the bench. So, we've got high hopes for this guy. We feel he's going to be a keeper for us and a guy that will help us in the near future."
Moore hit another home run last night and his 2 for 4 game left him with a .318 AVG and 10 HRs in 45 games at Triple-A Syracuse this season. Moore had a .395 OBP and a .584 SLG percentage with the Nats' top affiliate after putting up a .151/.195/.283 line with five doubles and three home runs in 42 games and 113 PAs with Washington. Last year, in a bench role, Moore had a .263/.327/.513 line with nine doubles and 10 HRs in 75 games and 171 PAs.
Will the Nationals start to work Moore in more often with Denard Span and Adam LaRoche struggling to hit left-handers this season? The right-handed hitting slugger has a .366/.451/.707 line with five doubles and three home runs off Triple-A lefties this season...
It appears they will... Updated Lineup: Harper scratched...
Davey's Revised Lineup, Sat @ ATL: Span cf, Rendon 2b, Zimmerman 3b, Werth rf, Desmond ss, Ramos c, Moore 1b, Hairston lf, Strasburg rhp— Nationals PR (@NationalsPR) August 17, 2013
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